A coalition of well-known communications organizations, including Rise, Google and others, asks the FCC to provide a quicker, more viable path to technology which will enable rural areas to receive expanded, faster broadband service.
Rise Broadband, Google and other members of the Broadband Access Coalition call on the FCC to authorize new, licensed, fixed wireless frequencies which can further close the digital divide as well as handle other applications.
Fixed wireless services have been around for years. As wireless technologies have improved (think 2G to 4G), so have the speeds. Rise Broadband offers an even clearer look at the economics of LTE-powered fixed wireless services. Specifically, the company’s co-founder and chief development officer, Jeff Kohler, said recently that fixed deployments typically cost a fifth to a tenth what it would cost to build a comparable wired service.
Rise Broadband has chosen PGi as its lone collaboration small business and enterprise provider. The Atlanta-based PGi will be Rise Broadband’s only supplier of business video, web, audio and streaming conferencing solutions.
Here’s a look at 10 of the ISPs that may well upset the status quo. These are the companies seeking to break into the ISP market with new technologies, techniques and services, with the goal of ensuring that all those computers, phones, tablets and other gizmos get onto the internet and stay there.
Approximately 30% of U.S. households in remote and rural communities still lack access to high speed broadband, and availability of fixed terrestrial broadband services in rural America continues to lag behind urban and suburban areas at all speeds. Rise Broadband has leveraged private equity investments to acquire 100+ smaller operators since its founding in 2006, and is now the largest U.S. Wireless Internet Service Provider with approximately 200,000 subscribers in 16 mid and western states.
Boulder is primed to pump the brakes on its effort to establish citywide broadband, with those closest to the issue urging that the City Council delay any potential ballot measure asking voters to approve new funding for the project. Rise Co-founder states that new technology is evolving and (the city has to) understand what technology is coming before deciding on the best broadband vehicle to provide for Boulder citizens.
Rise Broadband is trying to help close the digital divide by offering competitively-priced broadband to mostly rural homes and businesses. The 3.5 GHz band would connect not only the unconnected and the underserved in the rural areas but also provide a competitive choice for business and homes in suburban areas.
A group of 17 entities, including Google, Boingo Wireless, Microsoft, American Tower and Rise Broadband, sent a letter to the FCC urging the commission to stick to the rules it…for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) band. Rise has made quite an investment in the 3.5 GHz band and it’s concerned that if the FCC were to change the rules, it would undermine its efforts.
Broadband internet in rural or suburban communities is a bigger issue than most local governments can handle. Yet Rise Broadband can build its (fixed) wireless networks for one-fifth the cost of wired internet providers. Once equipment is on a tower or home, Rise has few maintenance expenses besides periodic upgrades to a tower’s capacity.